By Steve Guntli
A Whatcom County man was killed in an accident outside the Golden Nut Company in Blaine.
James Loyd Bost, 52, was working a demolition job with his friend Paul Davis, owner of the contracting business Call Paul, on June 8. Bost, Davis and their crew were working to scrap a large cyclone air separator at the nut factory on Odell Road.
At approximately 1 p.m., while Bost attempted to cut through a steel support beam with a cutting torch, the 30-foot-tall structure collapsed. Bost was pinned under a large support beam.
Firefighters from nearby Station 61 responded to the scene within two minutes. Bost was declared dead at the scene. Dr. Gary Goldfogel, Whatcom County’s medical examiner, declared asphyxia as the cause of death.
Blaine police completed thier investigaion, but the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries is still trying to determine what went wrong, according to Blaine Police sergeant Ryan King.
Bost, a longtime resident of Everson, was working with Davis, his friend of 20 years, as a trial run for a new demolition and contracting business. Family members described Bost as a devoted father and grandfather.
A memorial service for Bost will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 13 at Calvary Chapel Northwest, 6015 Guide Meridian.